Vertx Soft Shell Jacket

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Vertx Soft Shell Jacket

Post  Gear Whores Anonymous on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:22 am

There are a lot of soft shell jackets in the market right now but most are all tailored to the military. Some more low profile operators may want something that's high performance but more low key. This can be also about LEO. The Vertx soft shell jacket is made by Arc'teryx and is called the "Justice", however, this model is exclusively distributed by Vertx only. The "Justice" name clearly shows that it was designed with LEO in mind.

What makes this soft shell more low profile is the fact that there are no visible logos of any kind and there isn't velcro on the sleeves. These 2 traits combined give the jacket a more "plain" appearance and probably makes it in compliance with most uniform regulations.

By appearance it "looks" plain but there definitely is more than meets the eye. I mean afterall it is made by Arc'teryx.

Notable features:
-Adjustable drawcord hem
-Wind water and stain resistant
-Coil side zips for access to belt born equipment
-Two hidden vertical napoleon pockets
-Gusseted underarms for unrestricted mobility
-Hypalon/Velcro cuff closures
-4 way stretch
-Breathable laminated fabric
-Warm fleece liner
-Available in Black, Navy, and Crocodile

Product link:
http://wearvertx.com/VertxSoftShellJacket.aspx

Overhead shot of the Justice


View of the bottom of the jacket, notice the zipper and button snap


If you run a concealed holster this is where this jacket shines. Whether your LEO or CCW carrier


When you unbutton and zip up the side you know have clear access to your weapon. After a bit of practice this gets pretty fast. Very nice feature for those who need it


Jacket features YKK zips, truly the best in zip hardware, bar none


Instead of 2 long chest pockets this jacket features 2 smaller chest and 2 hand warmer pockets. This is something I personally prefer


Both chest and hand warmer pockets are pretty well concealed with the flap, making them almost invisible


Pockets offer plenty of space and drawstring zips make operating them easy


Quick shot of the hand warmer pockets, love having this combination instead


The sleeves are adjustable via rubber strap


Rear shot of the jacket. The jacket is a true Medium and duty cut, which makes it a bit shorter in overall length in order to fit your uniform better


The 4 way stretch of this jacket is awesome!


Added level of waterproofing with lining, nice small detail that goes a long way


Front shot with the jacket open


Shot of the tag, "Distributed exclusively by Vertx." Also very unfortunately made in China


Underneath the Vertx tag is the Arc'teryx tag, you can't get this jacket style anywhere but through Vertx. I know Arc'teryx has a similar cut but the low profile stealth cut is only available through Vertx


How to clean tag, might as well just say "give it to your wife"


A look inside the jacket and lining


The jacket is lined for warmth but by no means is it super warm, just enough if your wearing it over a uniform


Inside shot of the side zip, note the drawstring which makes the waist adjustable and retains the jacket tight so it won't pull up and expose your weapon


And the water test, here I pour a bowl of water onto the jacket to test the DWR treatment


Some shots of the water resting on the jacket, not sinking through




The Justice definitely caters to "uniform professional" since it's duty cut and low profile. Those that wear the uniform on daily basis and have strict uniform requirements should pay attention to this jacket. Same to those who demand a better performing "duty" jacket.

Pros:
-True 4 way stretch
-Side zip for CCW
-DWR treatment

Cons:
-Made in China


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